Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Walmart to act as Presenting Partner, along with support from several local businesses


Springfield, Mass.  The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Physics in a Box has been named the title partner for the inaugural Hoophall South high school basketball showcase in Bentonville, Arkansas, from January 6-8, 2022. The event, which will be operated by longtime partner Position Sports, is one of three new regional concepts this season that will build to the 20th annual Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay at Springfield College from January 13-17, 2022. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Physics in a Box onboard as the title sponsor of the first Hoophall South event,” said Matt King, COO of Position Sports. “Physics in a Box uses hands-on, physical science to train the workforce of tomorrow, and is a cause that will impact millions of kids around the country and one we are proud to be associated with. We are also very excited to bring this event to Arkansas, as Bentonville has a rich, long-standing high school basketball tradition. It was an obvious location to act as our headquarters in the southern region.”

“We are proud to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame and Position Sports to bring excellence to America’s students on the court and in the classroom,” Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, Sr. VP for Physcira stated. “Physics in a Box will allow more students to excel in STEM education and advance to careers in the STEM field

The event will also be sponsored by Walmart as the presenting partner, as well as supporting partners Hershey’s, Takis and Visit Bentonville. It is also backed by local businesses through the Community Champions program, including Arvest Bank, Northwest Medical, Legacy Bank, Bentonville Athletic Booster Club, Morey Autobody and Bentonville Youth Athletics. 

This showcase will be played at Bentonville West High School and will furthermore expand on the area’s tremendous high school basketball infrastructure of talented players and passionate fans. The event will be anchored by local powerhouse Bentonville West High School, who will be joined by notable out-of-towners Link Academy (MO) and Dream City Christian (AZ). Among the top college recruits scheduled to appear are Yohan Traora (Dream City ’22), Milos Uzan (Dream City ’22), Jaden Bradley (Link ’22), Julian Phillips (Link ’22), Tarris Reed (Link ’22), Felix Okpara (Link ’22), Omaha Billiew (Link ’23) and Ian Jackson (Cardinal Hayes ’24). 

“Hoophall South provides world-class opportunities for our athletes,” said Dr. Debbie Jones, the Superintendent of the Bentonville School District. “Our student-athletes will get the chance to compete against some of the best players in the nation. It’s going to be fantastic to come together as a community and watch these stars in the making do what they love.” 

These series of Hoophall events will culminate on the “Road to Springfield”™ for the 20th annual Hoophall Classic taking place January 13-17, 2022 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. – the birthplace of basketball. The event has showcased dozens of eventual NBA players over the years, including 10 No.1 NBA Draft picks such as Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zion Williamson, Anthony Edwards and Cade Cunningham.

Tickets for this event are on sale now at www.bentonvillesportsnetwork.com. A full schedule can be found below. All Hall of Fame events will be played in accordance with health and safety regulations set forth by local ordinances at the time of play.


About Position Sports

Established in 2005, Position Sports is a premium event production and brand marketing firm that specializes in event operations, activation development, media relations and digital engagement. Over the years, Position Sports has worked with many of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Jordan Brand, Red Bull, the Basketball Hall of Fame, USA Basketball, Upper Deck, MLB and T-Mobile in nearly every major U.S. city and on a global scale. Position Sports provides clients with an expanded strategic direction needed to succeed in the sports marketing arena, also known as Positioning. To learn more, visit www.PositionSports.com or follow @PositionSports on Twitter and Instagram.


About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall @hoophallclassic or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.